Skip to comments.Effort to contain Gulf oil stalls with stuck saw
Posted on 06/02/2010 8:23:41 AM PDT by Biggirl
PORT FOURCHON, La. The risky effort to contain the nation's worst oil spill hit a snag Wednesday when a diamond-edged saw became stuck in a thick pipe on a blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Saw’s do get pinched.
They really should have used a cutting oil of some type
I there someone in charge at the BP site named Murphy?
This thing is going to degenerate quickly. I propose that we all develop a sense of humor about this - and as a first step I’d like to see an “I Closed Wolski’s” (or, in the alternative, “I’d rather be Wolskiing”)bumper sticker on the robotic submersible. Think about it.
Oooooh an independent commission that can follow the facts wherever they lead. Oooooh. Shiney.
You have metal to metal contact with a huge pressure differential across the flow. This was a long shot and they knew it.
I’ve said in other threads that the industry and government should have known the risks and had a series of remediation plans with specifically designed equipment ready, and emergency response teams who have rehearsed using it in drills.
This is similar to traffic safety design inspired by traffic fatalities.
Except if the facts lead back to the WH and the news is not good, then the facts will be twisted or hidden.
I assume the saw had Obama’s permission to get stuck. He is in charge. Or didn’t anyone inform the saw?
Of course, if the facts lead back to the WH, it’s obvious that this crisis was inherited from the previous administration, whose policies caused the whole crisis and now The One is doing everything he can to clean-up the mess left for him by those lesser men.
I can’t figure why they don’t cut off the remaining riser. It’s got to be putting a torque load on the cap.
Wonder if we’ll find they were cutting from the wrong side.
Wire saws are fragile to begin with. The shears, even the big one they have down there now, don’t seem to be working at that depth but the little hydraulic rotary saws do. They need an even cut, that’s why they set up the wire saw, but it will jam if they can’t keep the kerf open.
BP isn’t trying to stop the oil spill. They are trying to salvage a well they have sunk a great deal of time and money into. I have to wonder if this spill could not have been stopped already if they were willing to use destructive methods that preclude the ability to use this well in the future. It seems to me they are doing everything they can to try
At the same time, I am a COMPLETE ignorant layman, so I could be absolutley, completely and totally wrong. But looking at the methods they have employed, all would leave the shaft viable for use in the future.
IMHO, they don’t give a damn how much oil continues to spew from the leak as long as they don’t have to redrill this well anew.
I expect my ignorance to invite an intelligent correction with the facts.
I’m looking at the flange and it seems that the leak is above it. Why not break the flange by loosening the nuts and insert a skillet.Then, tighten the nuts and the flow should be mitigated. I know, it won’t work.
Problem is if the binding is with the internal drill pipe, there is almost no way to get a wedge or other device in there to free it.
Maybe they can’t handle the torque on the flange bolts with the robots.
The well is lost already, too much damage. The mud is abrasive, they are concerned that the pipe has been worn away internally from prolonged mud flow..
Where’s the /sarc tag?
“I command you to un-stick the damn saw!!” / bitter sarc
I appreciate your countering my speculation with some facts. I can’t even begin to imagine working in water 5000 feet below sea level at, what, 2000 psi pressures? I’m not trying to make light of the challenge they face in stopping this oil leak, it just seemed that the methods being used were intended to save the well.
You are saying the well is lost, so thank you for clearing that up. I wouldn’t have thought that the pipe wall thickness would be so severely degraded with the mud pumped in but then I can’t begin to appreciate the mud’s pressure or velocity during the pumping operation.
I hope they fix this soon. We can’t wait until August to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mississippi.
After all the just bought the biggest cleanup company right before this happened.
At least they hedge their bets.
if nothing else, and it probably is NOTHING else, obama is knocking the stuffing out of the notion that government is the answer to any problem for a very, very long time.